Course Description

•        This course offers students a comprehensive understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their significance in addressing global challenges. Through this course, students will delve into the 17 SDGs, explore their interconnectedness, and gain insights into the crucial role played by various stakeholders in achieving these goals.

•        The SDGs represent a universal set of goals, targets, and indicators that United Nations member states are expected to adopt as a framework for their agenda and policies from 2015 to 2030. These goals build upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed upon by the same UN member states in 2001.

•        Moreover, this course will also focus on the concept of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). ESD is an educational approach that integrates sustainable development issues into the teaching and learning curricula across all forms of education – formal and informal. Its aim is to transform individuals, equip them with essential skills, and foster positive attitudes within classrooms and communities.

•        Moreover, this course will also focus on the concept of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). ESD is an educational approach that integrates sustainable development issues into the teaching and learning curricula across all forms of education – formal and informal. Its aim is to transform individuals, equip them with essential skills, and foster positive attitudes within classrooms and communities

 

Student Learning Outcomes

 

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

•        Describe the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their targets.

•        Explain the interconnections between the SDGs and their relevance to global challenges.

•        Analyze the role of different stakeholders, including governments, organizations, and individuals, in achieving the SDGs.

•        Evaluate the progress made towards achieving specific SDGs.

•        Develop strategies and propose solutions to address specific SDGs at the local or global level

•        Throughout the course, students will engage in a variety of activities, including lectures, discussions, and case studies, to deepen their understanding of the SDGs and ESD. They will also have the opportunity to critically analyze the complex challenges faced by societies worldwide and explore innovative strategies to address them.

•        By the end of the course, students will not only possess a comprehensive knowledge of the SDGs and their interconnections but also develop a mindset that recognizes the importance of sustainable development in creating a better future for all. Through this course, they will be empowered to contribute meaningfully to the achievement of the SDGs and become catalysts for positive change in their communities.

 

 


This course introduces Project Cycle Management (PCM). Students will examine ways in which CBOs can assess community requests for support, emphasizing the importance of looking at these within the parameters of the organisation’s vision. Needs assessment methods and tools, assessment of resources and constraints, and project planning will all be covered. Concepts and processes of monitoring and evaluation, identifying various levels of indicators and tools for assessing the achievement of such indicators, will be introduced. Students will explore the necessary considerations for implementing a successful project and how the logical framework can assist in project implementation.


This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of the fast-growing field of social entrepreneurship.

The course will focus on guiding students through the process of creating a social enterprise. Students will be challenged to identify solutions to social issues and then develop a business idea that both delivers social impact as well as financial returns. Students will learn how to screen solutions, develop value propositions, analyze their beneficiaries expected experience, identify required activities and capabilities necessary for delivering the promised solution, evaluate stakeholder impacts, frame and scope their venture as well as develop financial success indicators.

The approach to developing, testing, planning and launching a new social business utilized in this course is based on the work of Professors Ian McMillan and James Thompson from the Wharton Social Entrepreneurship Program as well as the Social Business Model Canvas developed by the Asia-based innovation company, Tandemic.

Throughout the course, students will be challenged to look beyond traditional boundaries and critically assess alternative ways of doing business that develop innovative approaches to some of today’s major social problems.


This course introduces Project Cycle Management (PCM). Students will examine ways in which CBOs can assess community requests for support, emphasizing the importance of looking at these within the parameters of the organisation’s vision. Needs assessment methods and tools, assessment of resources and constraints, and project planning will all be covered. Concepts and processes of monitoring and evaluation, identifying various levels of indicators and tools for assessing the achievement of such indicators, will be introduced. Students will explore the necessary considerations for implementing a successful project and how the logical framework can assist in project implementation.